Dr Rosa Solinas
Rosa trained at conservatoires in her native Italy, and has since worked in music in various countries and in a number of different capacities, from academia to industry and consultancy to management. Her qualifications include an Honours Degree in Literature and Philosophy (Perugia), a Masters in Development and Innovation Economics (Bologna) and a Doctorate in Musicology (Oxford). Her professional experience ranges from teaching at Oxford University, artist management at a leading London agency, publications and special projects for English National Opera and the Royal Opera House in London and the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, management positions at Wexford Festival Opera and Opera Theatre Company, Dublin. Rosa also served as Head of Music of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and was CEO of the Ulster Orchestra. She took up her role with the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras in April 2015. Besides music, she has had time to develop just a few other lasting passions: her four beautiful children.
Finance & Administration Manager
Martin has over 20 years’ experience in arts finance and administration. He joined the Monteverdi team in November 2015 having previously been Finance Manager at London’s Royal Court Theatre and having held positions in several West End theatres. Prior to moving into the arts Martin spent 6 years in investment management. He has professional qualifications in both accountancy and investment management and between 2012 and 2018 Martin was a trustee of Spread the Word, an Arts Council England NPO organisation that operates throughout London as a writer development agency across all writing genres.
Artistic Planning Manager
Matthew has over 25 years’ experience of working in the arts. He studied music at Bristol University and before coming to work for the Monteverdi had spent 10 years as Head of Planning for Welsh National Opera. Prior to this, Matthew has worked for a variety of organisations including BMG Classics (RCA Red Seal), Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Opera and Garsington Opera. Away from the office, Matthew enjoys country walks with his black Labrador, choral singing and craft work.
Fundraising Executive Assistant
Zoë has joined the Monteverdi team from the world of TV production, which took her on adventures that include camping out in the Amazonian rainforest and a raid with the elite drug squad in Lima. A graduate in English & French from the University of Birmingham, she has a keen interest in the arts, and has spent time working at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Edinburgh Festival and York Theatre Royal. Outside of work, she’s conquered the biggest ice slide in North America, danced with the European Ballet Company, and led an under-12s volleyball team to championship victory.
Tours & Choir Manager
Emily joined the Monteverdi in June 2016 as Tours & Concerts Manager. Having grown up in Yorkshire, Emily read Classics at King’s College London before working for the Britten-Pears Programme and Aldeburgh Residencies scheme in Suffolk for three years. She returned to London to work for artist management agency HarrisonParrott managing, among others, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Alison Balsom and Hélène Grimaud. Wanting a further challenge Emily transitioned within the company to the world of international orchestral touring, travelling not only to Europe but also more widely including China, Japan, Indonesia, Qatar.
Projects & Partnerships Coordinator
Tom joined the Monteverdi team in August 2017. Born in Yorkshire and raised in Surrey, he gained a BA in Music and an MA in Music Composition from Durham University. Upon graduating for the second time he entered the world of arts administration, working initially as Music Administrator at a West London school before joining the Concerts Department of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Here, he coordinated a wide variety of projects and events, from those around the music of Bach to world premieres of contemporary works. Outside office hours, he can be found either racing across the country on his bike, singing with chamber choirs around London or indulging his love of cats and other animals.
Marketing & Communications Assistant
Conor was born and bred in Bristol and graduated from Newcastle university in 2017 with a BA in Music, having focused on composition and musicology. Conor is a keen pianist and has a passion for playing the music of Debussy, Liszt, and Chopin, among other composers. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to a wide range of music, from classical to popular, playing squash and tennis, and a good game of chess. Having completed the 6-month Monteverdi Arts Management Training Programme in September, Conor became a permanent member of the team.
Fundraising Executive Assistant
Bart, as he is commonly known, came to the team from Exeter College, Oxford where he read music, studied conducting with Paul Spicer, and directed Exeter College Chapel Choir. As an organist and aspiring choral conductor, Bart has performed in many distinguished venues around the UK, has toured around Europe, and has made several appearances on BBC Radio 4’s Daily Worship, as well as BBC’s Songs of Praise. Bart appears on a number of CD’s; most recently on the disk ‘On Christmas Night’ by Exeter College Chapel Choir, on which his organ playing has been described as having “perfectly-nuanced virtuosity”. Bart recently recorded a disk of little know choral music from the Baltic states. Bart is also the Director of Music at the historic church of St. Mary & John, Cowley Road in Oxford.
In his spare time, Bart bakes or catches up on the latest cinema releases. Bart joined the Monteverdi team in January 2019.
Librarian & Artistic Advisor
James grew up in Paris and read Music at Cambridge University. After a spell in the music library at Glyndebourne he was musical assistant to conductor Emmanuelle Haïm in France. When not with Monteverdi, James now works as a freelance musicologist, vocal coach and musical director. He is currently joint artistic director of the baroque collective Solomon’s Knot, with whom he has taken different productions to the Aldeburgh Festival. Within the Monteverdi team James takes care of the music library, and organises casting for certain projects.
Philip Turbett studied Bassoon and Clarinet at Trinity College of Music. He works regularly with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, English Baroque Soloists, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Academy of Ancient Music and English Touring Opera. He has worked with many other leading orchestras including the London Philharmonic and the Philharmonia. Philip has worked with a range of distinguished conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Mark Elder, Frans Bruggen and Vladimir Jurowski.
Matt studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He started his career at Hampstead Theatre, North London as ASM, DSM and finally Stage Manager. Opera work includes Scottish Opera and Diva Opera (an internationally renowned chamber opera company) where he toured Europe, the US, Middle East, Africa and Asia. He spent many years as Studio Manager on several BBC dramas with casts including Judi Dench, Ian McKellan and Ralph Feinnes as well as on music videos for artists including Coldplay and Madonna. He was also Tour Manager for Tim Minchin’s national ‘Are You Ready For This?’ tour. Matt regularly stage manages large scale business conferences in Europe and the US each year as well as looking after artists including Billy Joel, Foo Fighters, Hugh Jackman, Tom Jones and Diana Ross for private parties/events.
He joined MCO as Production Manager for the Monteverdi 450 tour in 2017 and worked on the Verdi Requiem and Berlioz concerts last year.